By Dori G.
In an unprecedented turn of events Rhino poaching has reached a new level. It is without a doubt that the war on poaching and wildlife crimes has escalated to such a point where organized crime syndicates are getting involved. These are not your typical locals using machine guns, snares and spears. They are highly organized, highly trained individuals from crime syndicates using high-tech weaponry and vehicles. They have systematically planned missions to go in, kill, and take what they need and leave without a trace.
On Monday 8 March 2010 two female Rhinos were illegally killed on the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. From the evidence collected at the crime scene it is apparent that the perpetrators used a dart gun to kill the animals and that they were in a helicopter. The rhinos were overdosed with tranquilizers and killed. The poachers cut off the horns and left the crime scene by helicopter. The carcasses of the two animals were discovered by Nature Conservation staff of the City of Tshwane.